We’ve been waiting for the official word. How are we going to concerts this summer? What are we going to need? Live Nation has officially released a statement.
Live Nation amphitheaters have announced that they are requiring vaccines to attend concerts, according to Syracuse.com. A new note has been added to ticket pages for concerts, saying:
“Current guidelines from the State of New York require that all attendees must present proof of a COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the venue and attend this show. The Event Organizer wants to make sure you are aware of these current guidelines before purchasing tickets. This requirement will apply to all members of your party. Please note the State has not confirmed how far into the future this requirement will be in effect. The Event Organizer will not issue ticket refunds if you are unable to provide proof of vaccine at the time of the event.”
These amphitheaters locally include Saratoga Performing Arts Center as well as Bethel Woods Center (Darien Lake Amphitheater in Buffalo and St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview in Syracuse are also included). That means attendees of the concerts must be fully vaccinated for any concert above 500 people and any Live Nation event. You can show proof with your Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or the Excelsior Pass app and a photo ID to prove your identity.
Children under 12 are not eligible to be vaccinated yet and so far can still attend with parents but may have to wear a mask. No vaccine exceptions have been issued. “Live Nation’s website says anyone buying tickets now will not be eligible for a refund if they’re not vaccinated by the date of their show.” If you bought tickets before this announcement and don’t wish to be vaccinated, you should have received an email with instructions and a refund window.